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Survivability Considerations For Optical Sensors
Author(s): George C. Messenger
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Paper Abstract

Optical sensors have received wide acceptance to military and space applications. Their survivability in the natural space environment, nuclear weapon environment, and weapon enhanced space radiation has become a major concern. Nuclear radiation has two basic effects which interact to compound the degradation in detection systems. First, the nuclear radiation degrades the performance of the sensors by reducing minority carrier lifetime and increasing leakage currents. Second, the nuclear radiation acts as a noise source per se, thus decreasing the signal-to-noise ratio of the detector system. Still another complicating factor adds to the system problem. The output signal from the sensor is very low level and must be amplified by semiconductor electronics. The semiconductor electronics are also significantly degraded by the nuclear environment. This paper will attempt to summarize the problems and describe the radiation hardening techniques which are used to improve the operation of sensor systems in the nuclear and space environments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 June 1982
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 0327, Sensor Design Using Computer Tools, (30 June 1982); doi: 10.1117/12.933364
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George C. Messenger, Consultant (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0327:
Sensor Design Using Computer Tools
John A. Jamieson, Editor(s)

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